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The Ag Highlight Reel: Corn Field Beach Bums

Welcome to The Ag Highlight Reel. Here you’ll find a recap of recent lighthearted or unusual news. These aren’t the headlines, but the funny, inspiring, or touching stories from across the agriculture industry.

Last week, farmers in Arkansas were highlighted as part of the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s #ConservationRoadtrip for their irrigation innovation.

This week the USDA is kicking off their annual food drive called Feds Feed Families.

One of Iowa’s youngest pig farmers shares the what he’s learned in his six years of experience. The video has been popular in ag circles on Facebook.

As small towns across Iowa prepare to host RAGBRI bicyclists, farmers in Europe welcomed Tour de France competitors in a unique way.

Watch how one farmer found a silver lining to the wet spring he experienced.

Keep reading to learn how teachers in your community can get books about agriculture for free.

Last Week: #ConservationRoadtrip

The NRCS is taking a virtual roadtrip this month to highlight the accomplishments of landowners across the country. This week the #ConservationRoadtrip stopped in Arkansas to show how some row crop farmers have developed some innovative irrigation methods by working with their local office and participating in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP). To read more, check out this article from the NRCS.


This Week: Feds Feed Families

Monday USDA announced the start of their annual government-wide food drive.

“USDA has a great opportunity through Feds Feed Families to help those less fortunate,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “It really holds true to our motto, ‘do right and feed everyone.’ I am confident we’ll make this another successful year and leverage the spirit of service that’s shared by every Federal employee to help our local food banks assist their communities.”

Last year 17.9 million pounds of food were donated. The department hopes to pass that goal before the campaign wraps up on October 18.

In addition to focusing on collecting nutritious foods, the USDA is working to collect gleaned donations.


Facebook: Perspective from a Young Pig Farmer

This young pig farmer has learned a lot in his six years on the farm. Watch the video to below to meet one of Iowa’s youngest (and maybe cutest) farmers.


Twitter: Farmers Welcome Tour de France Cyclists

Small towns across Iowa prepare to host 8,500 bicyclists next week, while across the pond, Tour de France competitors cover miles of countryside this month. Recently Tour de France participants were welcomed to the countryside by farm machinery lining the course.


YouTube: Corn Field Beach Bums

Many farmers in Minnesota suffered from a cold, wet spring that challenged corn early in the season. This vlogging farmer found the silver lining and took his family on a float trip without ever leaving the farm.


Awards and Scholarships: Free Books for Teachers

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is now accepting applications for free books through August 15. Educators employed by a school and working in grades K-5 are eligible to apply for the free educator pack which includes one John Deere That’s Who book, one John Deere That’s Who educator guide, and one set of 30 Ag Innovations Ag Maps for use in the classroom. John Deere has sponsored the book program. Visit the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture website to apply.

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